How to Insert a Signature into Microsoft Word
- Ben Stockton
Reviewed By Justin Duino
- Updated January 24, 2022, 9:10am EDT
Adding your signature to a Microsoft Word document is the ultimate way to personalize it as your own, especially for documents like letters or contracts. If you want to add a signature to a Word document, heres how.
There are several ways to add your signature to a Word document. You can add a signature line for a post-print signature, add a digital signature, or insert your own handwritten signature as a picture.
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How to Add a Signature Line in WordHow to Insert a Digital Signature in WordHow to Add a Picture Signature in Word
How to Add a Signature Line in Word
A signature line provides you, or somebody else, with a location to sign a printed document. If youre planning on printing your Word document, adding a signature line is probably the easiest way for you to add a signature.Advertisement
To add a signature line to your Word document, click Insert > Signature Line. This icon is usually included in the Text section of your Word ribbon menu bar.
In the Signature Setup box that appears, fill out your signature details. You can include the name, title, and email address of the signer. This can be you or somebody else.
You can also provide instructions for the signer. Once youre ready, click OK to insert your signature line.
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Once youve confirmed your signature options, a signature line is inserted with a cross and a line to signify where to sign.
You can now place this into an appropriate position within your Word document. The document can then be signed at this position after printing or, if youve saved your Word document into the DOCX file format, you can insert a digital signature into your document at this point.
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How to Insert a Digital Signature in Word
To add a digital signature to your Word document, youll need to have followed the above instructions and inserted a signature line first.
Youll also need to install a security certificate for your signature. If you dont have one, Word will ask you if youd like to acquire one from a Microsoft Partner like GlobalSign.
As an alternative, you can create your own digital certificate using the Selfcert tool, included in your Microsoft Office installation folder.Advertisement
Find Selfcert.exe in your Office installation folder and double-click it to open it.
In the Selfcert tool, type a name for your security certificate in the Your Certificate Name box and then click OK to create it.
Once you have a digital certificate installed, return to your Word document and double-click on your signature line.
In the Sign box that appears, type your name or click Select Image to insert a picture of your handwritten signature.Advertisement
Click Sign to insert your digital signature into the Word document.
Once signed, Word will confirm that the signature has been added.
If you edit the document after signing it, the digital signature will become invalid, and youll need to sign it again.
How to Add a Picture Signature in Word
If youd prefer to use your handwritten signature, you can take a picture or scan a copy of it and then upload it to your computer. You can then insert a picture of your signature into the Word document.
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Click Insert > Pictures to insert the image into your document manually. Alternatively, double-click on your signature line and choose Select Image to insert it on your signature line.
In the Insert Pictures menu box, click From a File and select your signature image file. From there, click Sign to place the image onto your signature line.
Once inserted, the image file containing your signature will be inserted above your signature line.
Ben Stockton is a freelance tech writer from the United Kingdom. In a past life, he was a UK college lecturer, training teens and adults. Since leaving the classroom, he's been a tech writer, writing how-to articles and tutorials for MakeUseOf, MakeTechEasier, and Cloudwards.net. He has a degree in History and a postgraduate qualification in Computing. Read Full Bio »